A Mandir is
more than a house of worship or a place of prayer. It is
a place where time stops and the mind becomes still. With
the immense peace and purity it offers, the Mandir represents
an abode of spiritual love and harmony for all devotees.
put great emphasis on the construction of Mandirs, and the
newly built Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Houston, Texas marks
the 17th Shikharbadh Mandir inspired by Swamishri.
is 73 feet tall, spans 125 feet in length, and 95 feet in
width. Situated on an 18 acre site and built according to
the ancient Vedic Shilpashastra, or scriptural architecture,
there is no metal used in the foundation. Turkish white
limestone used in the exterior and brilliant Italian marble
used in the interior is skillfully and intricately carved
into work of wonder and beauty.
people lay eyes on one of the 5 towering Shikhars (pinnacles),
4 Saamrans, Ghummat (central dome), or 11 Ghumtis (smaller
domes), they will be awestruck. With 136 pillars carved
with 7 unique designs, a ceiling with 24 different patterns,
and carvings all along the walls, there is not an area of
this Mandir left bare.
and magnificence of this Mandir are sure to bring peace
to any one who visits it.